Easy Peaces performs a set of classic rock covers at the Steamboat Mountain Theater. They'll play a mix of past tributes to Neil Young and 1960s rock in the same venue at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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Easy Peaces performs a set of classic rock covers at the Steamboat Mountain Theater. They'll play a mix of past tributes to Neil Young and 1960s rock in the same venue at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Harmonic harvest

Easy Peaces stay true to classic rock originals, and Neil Young

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The Easy Peaces

  • Thursday, December 6, 2007, 8 p.m.
  • Steamboat Mountain Theater, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages

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— When he started putting together a band to cover the best music of the 1960s and '70s rock 'n' roll, local musician Kip Strean knew he had to be picky.

It took seven years to gather the right people - Laura Luman (vocals), Ed Dingledine (keys), Dave Allen (drums) and Willie Samuelson (bass) - to form The Easy Peaces, a band that relies on well-rehearsed vocal harmonies to their tributes of the classics just right.

On Thursday at the Steamboat Mountain Theater, the band will play a mix of the Neil Young tracks that made up their past few tribute shows, plus their favorites from songwriting-based classic rock.

Strean spoke with 4 Points about putting the band together, putting images to sound and putting the best voices he could find behind the best music he knows.

4 Points: How will this week's show be different from the tributes you've done in the past?

Kip Strean: We've done a Neil Young tribute three times, and also played a show in the spring where we did a 1960s retrospective. We try to do album versions of songs and try to do those versions justice.

This concert will be a mixture of all of those things, plus some new material from bands like The Traveling Wilburys and the Eagles.

4 Points: What draws you to music from that time period?

KS: We try to really concentrate on harmony and rock 'n' roll, and we have three strong vocalists to do that.

You don't see a lot of bands covering "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" or "Carry On," because they're really a study in vocal harmony.

4 Points: Why don't you see that music more often with cover bands?

KS: Because they don't have good singers.

When I put the band together initially - I had a similar band when I was in Chicago - it took about seven years of living here until I met musicians who I thought would be suitable for this type of gig.

They've done just a tremendous job of stepping up to the plate and doing this type of material.

4 Points: So people can expect to hear songs that they like - what else?

KS: It will also be a multimedia production, with stills and film related to the songs. So for the song "Woodstock" we have footage and pictures of the festival. There's a collage of images of "Rockin' in the Free World." It adds a visual aspect to the show.

The whole show is made up of songs that the audience will really relate to - it should take them back pretty quickly.

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